1996

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael McCall
In late 1995, Merle Haggard stood on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House, acknowledging the music industry's ovation as he accepted his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A few months later, however, his next album came out with no fanfare at all. His record company didn't send promotional copies to reviewers until the album had been out for nearly a month, and no advertising or promotion has been devoted to the music. The album artwork and cover reflect this lack of care: the title, 1996, is boxed on the cover like a tomb, exactly like Hag's last set, 1994. What's inside deserves more attention. Recorded in Bakersfield, Haggard's album takes a jaunty yet ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael McCall
In late 1995, Merle Haggard stood on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House, acknowledging the music industry's ovation as he accepted his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A few months later, however, his next album came out with no fanfare at all. His record company didn't send promotional copies to reviewers until the album had been out for nearly a month, and no advertising or promotion has been devoted to the music. The album artwork and cover reflect this lack of care: the title, 1996, is boxed on the cover like a tomb, exactly like Hag's last set, 1994. What's inside deserves more attention. Recorded in Bakersfield, Haggard's album takes a jaunty yet melancholy look at a middle-aged man's concerns. Not everything works; "Kids Get Lonesome Too" has a grandfatherly sentimentality, but it's not very substantial. The rest carries plenty of meat: "Sin City Blues" bemoans the temptations of New Orleans with Dixieland verve; "Beer Can Hill" is a humorous reminiscence about honky tonkin' in Bakersfiel; and "Untanglin' My Mind" a hit for co-writer Clint Black is a textbook example of the difference between the stiff perfection of Nashville over-production and the loose, life-affirming musicianship that Haggard prefers. The album's standout is a cover of Iris Dement's great "No Time to Cry," which Haggard fills with aged, tired wisdom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/1996
  • Label: Curb Mod Afw
  • UPC: 715187779624
  • Catalog Number: 77796
  • Sales rank: 82,178

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Merle Haggard Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Electric Guitar
John Anderson Vocals
Buck Owens Vocals
Johnny Paycheck Vocals
Dwight Yoakam Vocals
Iris DeMent Piano
Bobby Wood Electric Piano
Dawn Sears Background Vocals
Biff Adam Percussion, Drums
Eddie Curtis Bass
Seymour Duncan Electric Guitar
Norm Hamlet Dobro, Steel Guitar
Joe Manuel Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, wah wah guitar
Don Markham Trumpet, Saxophone, Penny Whistle
Clint Strong Acoustic Guitar
Mark Yeary Piano
Tim Howard Electric Guitar
Leland Sklar Bass
Abe Manuel Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Percussion, Strings, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Viola, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Hilton Jr. Reed Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Jim Belkins Violin
Terry Hardesty Acoustic Guitar
Oleg Schramm Piano
Bob Teague Vocals
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Producer
Lou Bradley Producer, Engineer
Joe Manuel Contributor, Tic Tac
Abe Manuel Jr. Producer, Contributor
Jim Belkins Contributor
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